Recipe: Giovanni Pilu's Squid Ink Pasta

Recipe: Giovanni Pilu's Squid Ink Pasta

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Giovanni Pilu is an icon of the Australian restaurant landscape, his restaurant Pilu at Freshwater credited with introducing Australians to the rich delights of Sardinian cuisine.

This unique recipe captures the heart and soul of Sardinia, with its exhilarating combination of jet black squid ink pasta, spicy nduja (spreadable salamai), ripe cherry tomatoes and succulent cuttlefish.

It’s the perfect dish for late summer, ideal with a crisp glass of white wine.

Tip: Prefer to make your own pasta? Our pasta flour and sachets of squid ink make it easy to get incredible results.

Tip: Add some heat and complexity to the dish with our incredible angel hair chilli.

Ingredients (Serves 6-8)

  • 1kg cuttlefish, cleaned & cut into 5mm dice
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 50mL extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp hot nduja
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 100mL dry white wine
  • 500mL fish stock
  • 500g dried squid ink pasta
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, very finely sliced
  • Large pinch angel hair chilli
  • Small saucepan half full of deep frying oil
  • Salt flakes to taste

Halve or quarter tomatoes, depending on size.

Deep fry angel hair chilli at 140C until crisp, about 10 seconds. Drain on absorbent paper.

Heat a large frying pan over low-medium heat. Add oil, garlic, nduja and oregano and fry for 1-2 minutes, until garlic is just soft but not coloured.

Add wine, stir to remove any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan then add fish stock and tomatoes, remove from heat and set aside.

Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to packet instructions, until about half cooked.

Strain and add pasta to the frying pan.

Return pan to medium heat and stir gently for remaining pasta cooking time, until pasta is just tender, adding more stock if necessary to create a smooth, slightly creamy sauce.

Add cuttlefish, parsley and a good drizzle of oil and toss well to emulsify the sauce.

Taste and add salt if needed. Serve, topped with angel hair chilli.

(Recipe adapted for home use).

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